The Plot Thickens – Overcoming A Writing Challenge

SHARING A #WRITING #CHALLENGE WITH YOU: I am about 80% through with the longest most complex fun novel I have ever written, “The Carneeg”; however, for the first time ever I the-strategy-1080527_1920noted that I was avoiding completing my work. I was writing poetry, researching marketing, working on our author’s meetUp group, learning new software…. Just not writing.

I told my wife, Evelyn, where I was in the story. She had read and quickly edited the first 200 pages 3 weeks earlier. I had added 50 pages but not more. Because the story is so complex and rich with world creation, I have 26 pages of notes which include my first attempt at interviewing my characters as @Alvin Wander, my friend and author, inspired me to do.

I needed someone to talk to about my problem so she listened.  I told her wear I was in the story and I enumerated the 6 sub plots that were seeking resolution, most of which had started in the first 200 pages she had read.

rear-mirror-2480506_1920As the wise teacher once said, “the solution is in the problem,” also a powerful 5,000 year old Rosicrucian teaching. When I finished, I knew why I was not writing and what I had to do. I had “felt” overwhelmed by the complexity of what I thought I had to keep in mind; however, in reality all I had to do was summarize the issues and speak them to another person. When I clearly formulated my challenge, I also formulated a question that my mind could ask of the muse and I had the answer.  All I really needed to do was decide which were the main subplots, how they would resolve (completely in this book or partially for the next volume to come), decide what is a great ending for this series installment and write it. My books write themselves, I never know the ending.  In this way it is as much fun writing it as reading it.  I have my 26 pages of summary notes to reference and my editor will know if I have left anything untied. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end 🙂

Janr Ssor

 

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Is MeetUp.Com Sponsoring Terrorist Media?

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Recently, an Imam in California preached that Muslims should rise up and wipe the Jews from the face of the Earth. He was supposedly angered by metal detectors placed by Israel at the spectacular Al-Aqsa Mosque (pictured at the left) after terrorists gunned down Jewish Police by smuggling weapons into this holy place. Unfortunately it appears that no one really spoke up against his hatred  preached in the house of Allah!  It is true that later he recanted when publicly admonished but that was for the news.  Was he asked to step down as an Imam leading his congregation?  Did he tell them he had preached hatred rather than a love of God’s children and as such needed to step down? What does this silence from the congregation tell us? Silence is consent. This Imam, Ammar Shahin turned a house dedicated to God into a place to launch genocide, destruction and terror.

In a debate group, I recently attended,  we brought up the question of why Muslims don’t speak up when hatred is preached in a mosque? The common opinion is that they’re afraid of their own congregants. None of the group could believe that most Muslims are violent and hope to kill those with differences of religious belief, at least here in America. This then begs the question, is Meetup afraid of the movement they started called “#resist?” If not then why do they not speak up when it has strayed tremendously further from its original principles as Meetup documented for its creation? Is meetup becoming a terrorist supporting media?  Does it really push for the overthrow and destruction of our elected president and his government?  Or, are the leaders at MeetUp terrified of the people they empowered by building a Temple of #RESIST for them to pray from?

I personally suspect (or would like to think) that MeetUp.com did not intend to create what many call the hate media that some or the most visible parts of #resist have appeared to become.  MeetUp’s leadership, in the beginning,  stated at the startup of Resist that their intent was:  “to be champions of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability.”   Somehow that does NOT sound like #Resist nowadays.  If so why does MeetUp.com still makes #Resist free with organizing benefits no other MeetUp group has?  So either MeetUp is supporting what #Resist has become or they are Terrorized by their own creation much as Muslims seem to be of their own congregants. Remember SILENCE IS CONSENT!

What are the main focuses of #Resist MeetUps today?  Is it peaceful protest of some government policies that seem to violate human rights or is it the overthrow of the elected president that many of them choose to believe is not “their” president?  Chapters of Resist, do not offer much printed web information other than the meetUp sanctioned statements but what happens at meetings?   Here is an excerpt from a L.A. #Resist group meetup that appears well attended. The question is what if Mueller is removed?  “……….Be prepared for three days of protest rallying there with other progressive patriots! Make waves that all members of Congress will see and hear, let them know they will be gone IF they do not draft and present Articles of Impeachment for all the high crimes and misdemeanors that are now trickling out of this temporary POTUS administration.

Now it is important to notice that the focus  is on overthrowing the president. Note the words:  “Temporary Potus,” “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,”  “Drafting Articles of Impeachment.”  This not about social justice, equality and democracy, it is about stopping the candidate America elected (that they don’t like) because they can  call him names and make false claims.  Claims they need not support to their members. Hello?  Is this democracy? Is this working with the institutions of government? It has gone much further too in what has come out of Resist and likely is its strong arm, Anifa.

Since the election of 2016, many say the left has gone crazy. They now have their version of the tea party and call it the Resistance. The leadership of that is a loosely formed violent group called Antifa. Antifa is short for Anti-Fascist. The irony of their name is not lost on those who actually know history, as their tactics are straight from the fascist playbook. In the past few months, these groups have repeatedly disrupted peaceful pro-Trump rallies. They have called for and used violence against people who support the president or disagree with them and even against members of the media who will report things Antifa doesn’t want reported.

Is this what MeetUp wanted?  Is this what MeetUp supported?  Perhaps if the truth is that MeetUp wanted justice and equality, they now need to start a group called  #Asist or #Unify!  Silence is consent. However if you see an injustice it does not mean you have to scream in someone’s face in public. If you really care, you discuss things quietly and calmly and you seek understanding.  You also create groups working towards those goals.  Screaming, beating, burning, trashing, is not in our constitution. It never gets you anywhere anyway, it just marginalizes you, your group, your cause and draws the masses to the center. To the center so they can they distance themselves from your out of control violent behavior.  Is it time for MeetUp to starts #Asist or #UNIFY?   What if we actually try to work together peacefully as we all did under Obama? #UNIFY!

 

 

 

The Joy Of American Culture – and Its MeetUps

In Europe the “well educated” and those with centuries old ancestry may at times look down on America as neo-nascent, primitive and lacking culture but they are wrong. Our gift of culture is a lack of “being their culture” and an ongoing effort of us to create and re-create ours. Let me explain!

Yesterday I was privileged to host a small MeetUp group of bright diverse thinkers. We meetupcall ourselves M’s Conversationalists. We are one of many others, a phenomenon that is an echo of 1776 as a way of thinking. We are often the echo of openness to diverse cultures that drives people to leave their homes on the other side of the Earth to come and join us. Join us so that they might  experience America. What does this have to do with meetUps?

Consider our small group or another I belong to. In these groups there are what some might call “bleeding heart” liberals,  there are some “staunch” stubborn conservatives, there are Libertarians, there are theists, there are atheists, there are those who chose to seek fun each day,  there are  those who seek complexity and depth and there are even those whose heart is filled with the cultural beauty of their religious heritage but no belief in God himself.  The diversity is astoundingly American.  The tolerance is astoundingly American.  Oddly enough it is not immune to manipulation. It is part of  something recently driven to near civil war by the efforts of “intellectuals elitists”  who think they know so much more than us “average” American people, something they can manipulate via the new media.  This is something that FaceBook, Twitter and the likes does with great power and  deceptive tyranny.

Think of it for just a moment so you can see how our MeetUp can at times be quite the opposite. In FaceBook during the recent election, if you had a strong liberal or conservative viewpoint, many  people succumbed to the desire to “unfriend”  or “mute” the conversations of frequently annoying self-love-65693_640opposing viewpoints (especially those driven by elitist celebrities or right wing extremists). It became tiresome to listen to the statements or see the posted images describing viewpoints that showed Hillary or Trump in ways our “intuition” told us was ridiculous! So little by little people cut off the sounds of voices that challenged their chosen paradigm.  Day after day their discussion room grew smaller and smaller,  and the walls shinier and brighter until all they could see in them was a reflection of themselves kissing themselves for being so right!  This is the frightening and divisive potential side of social media, even in America!  It is how terrorists (Islamic or otherwise) can raise up an Army of fanatics that will kill people of opposing viewpoints.

On the other side there are many Americans who have chosen for centuries to not be deluded by the limitations of cultural, religious, or even intellectual academic arrogance. We called this phenomena America and it is why people still come to us from diverse cultures, religions and thinking.  It is a potential openness to eclectic ideas, diverse art expression, unusual music, varied foods, new cultures and more.  We Americans, in fact, have an appetite for change and a desire to try the new. I believe it is what makes us the most creative nation on Earth and if kept alive, will make us a nation of survivors and leaders that history has yet to know.   But what does this have to do with a a meetup of mostly retired people in South Florida? Everything!

The rules of a good meetup are: civility, tolerance, humor, intelligence, some knowledge, a willingness to think outside the box,  a willingness to think,  a willingness to share and unite-1830758_640defend you opinion, an openness to sharing who you are,  an acceptance of the importance of knowing people who think differently than you do and at least hear their values, certainly an appreciation of the value of change and the courteous patience to listen without interruption.  What comes of this is not that you may change your mind on issues but that you get to know that those who differ with you have as good a heart as you do!  You may also realize that no matter how much you read or think you know, you just may find yourself changing you opinion a year from today. What a great opportunity that is, because it is your choice!

So what is so special about meetUp?  Nothing really, but the people who make its groups are!  It is many American’s who are civil, polite and open to other opinions, knowing that they cannot always be right. It is people who have very opposing opinions, sharing humor and their heart. It is the light heartedness of discussing your favorite food, movie, book or games. It is openness that I believe is unmatched in the rest of the world.

dancing-dave-minion-510835_640In our little corners, we call ourselves M’s Conversationalists.  We are not terribly unusual or unique but we are a meeting that is a short drive for most of us to attend and so there are many interesting people who join us.  I hope many others are sharing this fun and American openness of expression and thinking.

Janr Ssor . . .

………………  To not ignore what others will likely otherwise comment was my omission in writing this is  a sad note for MeetUp.com. They broke with the spirit of their creation by posting #Resist in every MeetUp members face and creating “sham empty” #Resist groups all accross America.  The founders of MeetUp chose to use the financial contributions of its diverse connections and their paid MeetUp organizations money to push MeetUp’s political agenda and opinion.  I hope they will wake up and not become another oppressive media. After all, what makes them think they are so bright as to be right and smarter than many of us,  rather than just another American opinion?……………………

 

 

Joy, Hope And The Plasticity Of People

At a social meetup called “Coffee and Conversation”  I had way too much fun last night (if coffeconversationthere is such a thing as too much fun). It made me think a lot all the way home.  I thought about 3 things: My brother in law’s visit,  what made this MeetUp gathering so much fun and that there might be hope for America despite what appears to be the immaturity of Millennials.

I was given the opportunity of hosting the social meetup, because Mike (the usual host) was not available for personal reasons and Marty who founded the group asked if I would help. The meetup is simple. All those attending are asked to write a questions on provided paper squares (like secret messages we passed in middle school) and add  the folded surprise questions to one of two ziploc bags labeled:  “Current Events” or  “Fun Topics.”

The host (me last night) then passes the bags to a person next to them who gets to choose a question from either bag.  The host then times them giving them 2 minutes to respond. Others just listen and do not comment. The Same Question, goes around the table where all are seated and each person gets  up to two minutes to comment. If they choose not to comment the bags of questions moves on to the next person. When it gets back to the person who chose it originally, the floor is open to for discussion should the group desire. There is one unspoken rule…. treat everyone and their opinions with respect whether yrespect.jpgou agree with them or not! What is this event? Is it a game? Is it rules for polite conversation? Is it a social gathering? Is it conversation for intellectuals?  To me it is a little of all and more as it engenders a lot of fun and a  potential creation of friendship and camaraderie among all types of interesting informed people.  It seems to attract a wonderful variety of people whose tolerance and respect for others in conversation, should be a model for our nation’s future growth.

One question, at last night’s gathering, that took me by surprise read “What was the best thing that happened to you this last week?”  I could not answer it at first, though I picked it from the bag, so I chose not to answer then  but to pass it to my left to Gerrie and then answer it when it came back to me and I had more time to think (another rule: you may pass on a question if you wish).  Listening to my companions share their experiences reminded me of what I would like to share (attitude) so I did when the question finally came back to me. I talked about my Brother-In-Law, Jose.

This is what I said in response to the paper question: About four years ago, Jose’s wife had a stroke. It left her with a paralysis of the left side of her body (she was left handed) and it motivation-2084506_640left Jose with a major challenge at nearly 70 years of age. However, Jose is a model of the potential plasticity of human beings (their resilience) and, to me, one of my heroes in life!  Jose and his wife Margie came to stay with us for a weeks invited vacation at our cozy 2 bedroom villa in Florida (they live in NJ).  When we took them to the airport a week later, on the way home I had trouble not crying. I already missed them too much!  Jose, who always loved people and being an entertaining host, taught me a lot about enjoying life, every day.  Jose never complained about the extra work he had to assume to help his wife dress, walk, shower etc., no he actually made it mostly fun.  Jose and I like to cook so we cooked nearly everything (we never ate out) together in the kitchen and had a great time together doing it (I was the sous chef).  We took long walks together,  when my wife gave Jose a break  from his well accepted responsibility as she spent time with her sister (his wife). We had a lot of fun talking as we walked for miles around our community. We had a dance party one evening at our community social center and there you could see the magic that Jose had created.  Though his wife could not truly “dance” fluidly (as she had to drag one leg and hold on to him for support) he got her up on the dance floor many times and held her hand while dancing with twice as much enthusiasm. He had his joy reflected back at him by the unceasing laughter and smile on her face.  When she was tired and sat one out or if the music was just “too fast,”  Jose often got up on the floor near her and danced with her walking cane (without being shy)  and made her and everyone around laugh with his very apparent enthusiasm (at making his wife smile).  His enthusiasm for life and joy in living was contagious!  By the end of the evening, out of the hundred or more people at the event, many had come up to ask Jose to move to the community as they needed him there!  Others had asked us to see if we could talk him into moving to our community. I wanted him and Margie to move down here too!  It was no wonder that when we left him off at PBI airport and drove home, the air seemed to have been sucked out of the room in the car. My wife and I have a good relationship and we have fun neighbors and what I would call a good life. We are blessed; however, Jose had taught us all something. It was the plasticity of enthusiastic people who rose to the challenge of what others called pain and suffering and turned it into joy. Not that he does not get tired, not that he does not have challenging  moments; however, he has chosen joy and surely makes that his life!

So what made the MeetUp fun?  It was the attitude and intentions of the people sitting at the table with me. Like Jose, they decided that life would be fun, they chose to not let unity-1767694_640anyone’s opinions be cause for negativity but rather an opportunity to learn. They chose to treat each other with respect and Always Be Positive (an unspoken rule). They chose to talk from their heart with integrity and in so doing engender trust and respect from others attending.  They chose to be light hearted and find the best they could. At that particular meeting, I don’t believe anyone choses “current events.”  We were all tired of the political divisions that the media and elitist celebrities have been beating America with for months, since Donald Trump’s election.  It was a good decision for all of us.  However, even when we do choose “current events” which is most often the choice,  this group has learned to discuss important issues in a positive and respectful manner.  If anyone cannot follow this rule (and that is very rare), they are politely asked to change their attitude or not return. In 6 months of attending, this has only happened once.

Finally how is there hope for Millennials and America?  From what I have seen of Millennials (in my case being a senior citizen it is mostly from the media) they are not impressive. They seem to have lost the “Power Of Positive Thinking”  and dwell in fear, anger, anxiety and frustration. They could use a lesson from Jose about how to deal with change in a positive way,  one that too many parents and college professors seem to have let die years ago. Yes, a reward for “showing up” is illogical!  They don’t seem educated despite attending educational institutions for that purpose. They also don’t seem to have the communication skills and social graces to lead a nation. They cannot even talk to each other over dinner  as they would rather text each other while sitting at the same table.  On the other hand, each generation seems to be molded by the challenges of its times. It makes them often look odd and clumsy to their older fellow Americans,  those of the last generation.  This made me think about how my father could not understand my generation, which seemed infected with the dream state of the “The Hippies.”

Driving home from the meetUp, I thought about how odd the millennials were from my perspective as a baby boomer. Some that I knew told me they did not date, Yikes that shocked me! They did not have girlfriends, they did not “go steady” and they did not plan on marrying or rushing to have kids as we did.  Instead they met on social media and sent message to each other painted with Pound signs like ” #BORED,   what should I do?‘ ”  On the the other hand the millennials have adapted to change with plasticity that is inborn in youth and fought for by adults.  They use social media (despite its horrific illusions and deceit) to form groups and keep in touch in some ways.  They use their phones almost like a rudimentary telepathy to track and share what is going on in each others life so they don’t ….miss out.  Many of them still “go out” in groups and dance together, though that millenials-smartphonemay be becoming more of a GenX phenomena.

Years back, Orson Scott Card wrote the Sci-fi book Ender’s Game. It was a story of how a teenager who was good at playing war games was seduced by the military to join a “competition of gamers to end all games.”  In reality the war game he thought he was playing on simulators was a real war and the alien race of insect like creatures (the misperceived enemies) he succeeded in annihilating were a real live civilization!   In essence, his growing up a a nerdy gamer, empowered his civilization to win a war against what was perceived as dangerous enemies.  The lesson?  Growing up different is a way to adapt to a changing technological and cultural environment.  Because it is different from the last generation does not make it wrong or weak, it just makes it strange. Yes they do appear as cry babies but we will see what happens when push comes to shove and they must make it in the real world (out of college).  I would not write them off too quickly.  On the other hand, in Ender’s Game the reality was that because of barriers to communication and cultural misunderstanding, Earth did not recognize that the Aliens were capable of  peaceful interaction with humanity. We missed out on an opportunity to expand our horizons and share knowledge with a whole new life form. It concerns me that communication via FaceBook, Twitter and other media may do the same for our nation, especially as it is more and more in the hands of Millennials. At the same time, if we baby boomers could detach from our TVs and TV Dinners to date, dance organize and keep America running, perhaps the same will be true for the most recent generation.  Keep your fingers crossed and be positive!

MeetUp.com Becomes RightWing Media By Stealing Your Friends & Your Work!

meetupUsing YOUR money, YOUR work and YOUR organizations membership,  MeetUp.com  has commandeered all you have done to create social groups for their personal political, Anti-Trump goals!

If GMAIL would take your contacts list and start sending them Anti-Trump messages, Most of America would drop them for anything else.  Well MeetUp.com appears to have done the same thing!

Consider this: Up until now every meetup gets equal placement on MeetUP.com’s landing screens (phone or computer) to give us all equal opportunity and not let anyone “steal” your groups members by advertising to them.  Now however, EVERY log in on your phone will have the screen taken over by a screen that reads EXACTLY as the communists did to try to enlist financially troubled Americans. They are promoting a big display supposedly for “Democracy,” but really about the Anti-Trump financed radical elitists in America (Hollywood Celebrities and other extreme left wing causes they support).

screenshot_2017-02-17-09-10-44MeetUp.com has apparently joined the Hollywood Elitist celebrities in attacking America & Its President! They have done this is a simple and not so subtle way by giving prominence to a radical leftists funded group #Resist!

It’s time to RESIST MeetUp.com’s political marketing to your organization’s members! There are other Social Meeting platforms that have not stolen your contacts like:  

Join in and PROTEST the abuse of your organization and contacts by writing to megaphoneMeetUp.com today!

Tell them how you feel on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/meetup_support?lang=en

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